Apologia Pro Poemate Meo

glory – The word ‘glory’ in the poem loses its effect when Owen begins his imagery of war. He seems to be describing the glory and pride soldiers held for their country. However, Owen soon describes how soldiers were not supposed to feel remorse for killing. Thus, based on Owen’s description of the graphic and harsh treatments on the battlefront, the reader can conclude that there is no glory in war.

death becomes absurd and life absurder – This line is an important description of the reality of the warfront. Owen is openly criticizing the killing he has witnessed. Owen may be referring to the soldiers’ lack of remorse for killing.

fellowships – Despite his negative portrayal of war, Owen does seem to shed an optimistic light on the friendships he formed during the war. His friendships allowed him to find “peace where shell-storms spouted reddest spate.” The stark contrast of good and evil displayed through the peace Owen finds in battle clearly represents the reality of war.

stakes are strong – Owen attempts to display to the reader that war is not all about pride and should not be looked on as a form of entertainment. Owen has already discussed the lack of morality and loss of emotion which war requires.